Patrick Meyer ” the best thing a vigneron/ne can do, is to plant trees, lots of them. “
Main photo by Tristan Vuano www.avuedecoucou.com
A bunch of placeholder headings follow, where the story of the 2021 winemakers visits will gradually appear in the next few weeks.
For mid summer the site will be re-jigged with the first five years (2017-2022) archived and parked for posterity viewing. The front end of the site will be switched up somewhat, to take into account Back in Alsace being back in Alsace. What that means, we will see.
Summer 2021 Visits
After a hard weeks work around the seventh edition of the Salon des Vins Libres, the next period was packed with winemaker visits to Jean-Pierre Frick, Jean-Marc Dreyer, Vincent Larcelet at Domaine du Petit Buchon, Emilien Revers at Raisin Sauvage, Leo Dirringer and Regis Bard. This was like a late summer holiday, a “busman’s holiday”.
Autumn 2021 Visits
Post harvest provided the opportunity for some refreshing visits that included the Bannwarth family domain in Obermorschwihr, Clos Liebau in Ribeauvillé and two start up adventures in Ammerschwihr; Anais Fanti and Les Vins Funambules “collective”. We also had the privilege and pleasure to visit Anders Frederik Steen’s Alsace operation, on main street Obermorschwihr.
And, there was the added bonus of the 3rd edition of the Brutes wine fair, on first weekend in November way down south in Mulhouse.
The 2021 Winter BLOG
“The winter months; December, January and February and planning to be STUCK-in-ALSACE ………..”
The visits during 2021 winter months were mostly of the drop in and catch up types. But they did include Vanessa Letort, Farid Yahimi, Philippe Brand, Jean-Marc Dreyer and Lambert Spielmann.
Plus a mini natural wine fair one cold December night at the “other” Strasbourg, Christmas Market.
– the project –
The Lost In Alsace Project is focused on two main areas; providing a platform for “les vignerons artisans d’Alsace” and secondly, a follow up and reporting of the major events, twists and turns and initiatives that shape what matters with Alsace wine today. As with any “old world” wine region, there are plenty of issues, degrees of bull-shit, and bad attitudes stuck in the industrial agricultural recent past. We will be giving all that sort of stuff a body swerve as we firmly focus on all that vibrant, forward looking, energy that is currently buzzing in the region.
We are big supporters of producers who practice organic or biodynamic husbandry in the vineyards. Vignerons who are looking after the earth. In fact, that is the foundation of our interest. And we love winemakers that carry this attitude through to techniques in the cellar; with natural fermentations, the use of traditional and non-traumatising physical methods, and a healthy disrespect for the use of additives. These are the foundations that allow winemakers the opportunity to express a sense of terroir, a sense of wine that comes from a place, from a time with the input of human skills and attitudes. With a lot of attitude. That takes us into a space where we are mainly focused on, what can loosely be termed, natural wine.
And there is more to it than that, as the Lost in Alsace Project is interested in the community around natural wine; the winemakers, the producer associations, the retail outlets, the wine bars and restaurants, the importers, the distributors, the journalists, the authors, the publishers, the barrel makers, the artists doing labels and posters, the wine fairs and salons, and most importantly all the workers involved in making this all whirr and rattle along. And, of course the humble masses who buy and drink the stuff.
Three shades of red from Lucas Rieffel – captured by Mona Neilson – website here